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    33 Things That’ll Make You Seem Like An Expert Cook, Even If You Can Barely Scramble Eggs

    Here's to fooling your taste buds with super handy gadgets and appliances, and packaged convenience food.

    1. An Instant Pot – it can handle 9 (!!!!) kitchen tasks in one precious lil' appliance body so dinner's ready as soon as you walk in the door. Reviewers call it their "secret weapon," which I guess isn't so secret anymore. Psst, this is great whether you eat meat or not!

    2. And some slow-cooker liners to make cleanup a total cinch. Sometime a super easy cleanup can help motivate yourself to cook (or maybe that's just me).

    the liners in a slower cooker dividing into two sections with two kinds of dip

    3. A family size air fryer with an auto-shutoff so you don't overcook those delectable wings someone will assume you picked up from somewhere. Plus it'll help you finally cook the elusive salmon fillet.

    4. Pre-made simmer sauces that'll really zhuzh up that plain chicken breast you have thawing in the sink. Seriously, just dump that sauce on it once it's cooked in the pan! (Psst, they're also Keto- and Paleo-friendly but IMO don't taste like it.)

    cast iron pan with the Thai Coconut Sauce cooking with chicken and bok choy

    5. Or The Omsom Bundle, which is really just fancy talk for flavorful Asian dish starters (aka, the sauces, aromatics, and seasonings) to keep stashed in your pantry for heavy lifting. Each comes with recipes you can easily follow along. Just add protein and veggies!

    6. A rapid egg cooker to get your favorite breakfast or salad topping *just* how you like it, rather than tossing improperly cooked eggs (for the millionth time). Maybe you'll love it so much, you'll buy two(!) like my friend Marissa.

    the egg cooker

    7. An AeroGarden hydroponic garden that'll help you be one of THOSE people who use fresh homegrown herbs in their recipes. Talk about leveling up your cooking game by lightyears.

    8. A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans, an extremely tasty recipe of a dinner staple. You only have to put the bag in the microwave for 60 seconds, which'll help you concentrate on the other parts of your meal. (I love the Trini Chickpea Curry with rice for a super satisfying weekday lunch.)

    9. A sous vide cooker to mind your food and make a cheap cut of steak taste like something from a fancy restaurant. It's truly so much easier than you think.

    10. A stuffed burger press for creating a no-mess meat hug around delicious toppings like you're living in the year 3020. Sometimes all ya' need is a lil' excitement to get cookin'.

    the burger press beside of open burger with cheese inside

    11. A variety pack of delish fully-cooked Indian chana that'll quickly heat up in the microwave and satisfy any takeout cravings you may have. I've tried all of these and they are SO good.

    12. And a spicy vindaloo simmer sauce from the same brand you can dump in a pan with chicken, veggies, whatever for a delicious result.

    13. A couple of pot minders to prevent some spill over that always seems to ruin a cooking session, even if you fully recover after!

    pot on stove with the pot minder stopping water from boiling over

    14. An excellent chef's knife can help you cut up those whole ingredients with finesse so that's one less thing you've gotta worry about. ICYMI, cutting with dull knives is extremely dangerous!

    person using the knife to thinly slice a tomato

    15. And some cut-resistant gloves because nothing will throw a wrench in dinner plans like spurting blood. These'll keep your digits safe and instill more confidence.

    person wearing the gloves while cutting a tomato with a knife

    16. A produce dicer that'll make onion tears and food prep mess a thing of the past! This way you won't waste so much energy on *evenly* spiralizing or chopping, a fool's errand! (Jk, but this'll make it way easier.)

    17. Or a manual food chopper for quick work of herbs, fruits, veggies, and ice in case your knife skills could use some practice or you just wanna make food prep a lil' more fun.

    Reviewer before and after photos showing roughly chopped veggies finely minced by the chopper

    18. Silicone baking mats so you don't have to scrape those sheet pans clean or worry about your meal getting burnt. Folks use this for everything from cookies to pies to pizza to roasted veggies. They'll also help you seriously cut down on aluminum foil and parchment paper usage.

    19. A Pig of the Month Club subscription – it comes with lots o' meaty options that are all but ready for ya'. You don't have to start from scratch when it comes to cooking! Here's to the hard work having been already done for some amazing ribs.

    pork chops grilling on a grill

    20. And while we're on the subject, some tangy Memphis-style BBQ sauce you'll want to pour over basically everything on your dinner plate.

    the bottle of sauce

    21. A fish turner can help you FINALLY make a decent salmon filet at home that still looks presentable. It'll also be clutch for flipping pancakes and transferring hot gooey cookies from the baking sheet. (I use mine ALL the time.)

    the fish turner with a salmon filet on a frying pan

    22. A rice cooker big enough to make 8 cups of rice but take up just a small amount of counter space. If you've ever messed up a pot of rice 1) I can relate 2) this story is for YOU.

    23. A no-knead bread kit if you'd like to create some lovely, lovely carbs without the cumbersome part.

    24. Or for even less effort, an automatic bread maker to help you whip up some breads, cakes, and jams that might just have friends texting you "Is that bread ready?"

    25. A microwave pasta cooker that'll help you achieve al dente noods ready to top off with some jarred sauce for a super easy meal that doesn't require boiling water on the stove.

    rectangular clear plastic container with noodles inside and holes for draining

    26. And some jarred truffle-infused pasta sauce for quite possibly the fanciest take on a lazy meal.

    plate of spaghetti with the sauce

    27. A Frywall that'll fit around your pan and contain popping oil or spillover while you work on the house special. Nothing ruins an edible masterpiece like hot grease landing on your hand.

    cooktop with a pan with the cone-shaped frywall creating a larger guard to catch oil from it

    28. A beet and fresno hot sauce can doctor up most anything you have. Cheers to this when you're feeling uncreative.

    29. A Rapid Ramen Cooker that'll transform a brick of noods into the base for a delish meal in just three minutes in the microwave! 'Tis time to put that ramen you've been hoarding the pantry to tasty use.

    the cooker with ramen ingredients in it

    30. A griddler to take meat and veggies from zero to delicious. Oh, and it's great for making a grilled cheese or panini!

    31. Chicken that ships marinated in case you're still a bit confused about that flavor-boosting process.

    32. MingsBings, aka delicious vegan patties you can eat quickly. But these aren't your average convenience food. They're made by a James Beard award-winning chef!

    cut open MingBing

    33. And a frozen side of Mexican-style street corn from a brand that makes a ton of VERY good vegetarian frozen foods because cooking is hard and having some help (even with a side!) seriously lightens the burden.

    bowl of mexican style street corn

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